She set down her backpack and stepped gingerly onto the rocks in the middle of the river. The current was gentle here, so it was as good a place as any to rest. Stretching out her skinny legs, she splashed her parched face with the cool refreshing water. They said she was crazy to think of running away.
“You got 434 acres of countryside that way and a highway that extends five miles the other way before you reach another house. Where you gonna go, girlie?”
She stared at the breadth of forest that surrounded her. Yup, she was crazy, but she was also smart and that was a dangerous combination.
“I would go to the countryside. Less likely to be found that way.”
“And what you gonna do in the country, girlie?”
“Survive. Or die trying.”
She hoisted the bag back onto her shoulder and treaded carefully across the river. As of this moment, she decided dying was no longer an option. She would be free. And live.
© Jade M. Wong 2017
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.
This week’s photo is provided by one of the sweetest poets and bloggers, Maria of Doodles and Scribbles.
Also, a mention to Priceless Joy, the coordinator of these weekly FFfAW challenges, whose mother has recently passed away. Please send her some love and support, if you can. You know you’ve got mine, PJ.